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Re: Forage harvester suggestions

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coonie minnie

10-08-2013 05:05:35

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If you chop corn at all, spring for something with a kernel processor. It will make a big difference in what your livestock get out of the corn. No cob sorting, no whole kernels in the manure.

We went from Fox (some 3000s and a Max II self propelled) to Gehl 1285. Contrary to what others have said, at least on the newer choppers, EVERYTHING has been available, and my local dealer has nearly everything in stock. If not, they UPS it to me, and I have it next day- niether Deere nor NH will do that for me. Next day service on non-stock items from them is VERY expensive.

Good luck.

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10-08-2013 09:07:22

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to coonie minnie, 10-08-2013 05:05:35  
I think you're lucky on the Gehl parts... As was said below... there's a drop dead date on it and even if what you need is available today, in the future, the intent is that it will not be.... I think it's a fools errand to go buying smoething like that because in a few years he'll be in the same position he's in now with the Fox.
Agree with you on the kernel processor tho...


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10-08-2013 06:41:35

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to coonie minnie, 10-08-2013 05:05:35  
I've always had to wonder if those kernel processors were just hype. I know a guy who used to feed out steers. He filled an upright silo with whole kernel high moisture corn. He mixed it with corn silage and fed it whole. There was a LOT of corn in the manure so he was going to put some hogs in there with the cattle to let them eat the corn out of the manure. He sent a sample of the corn to Michigan State University for analysis to see how many hogs he could run in there. They tested it and told him that if he put any hogs in there at all they would starve to death. Said there was no feed value left in that corn what so ever.

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JD Seller

10-08-2013 05:27:54

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to coonie minnie, 10-08-2013 05:05:35  
coonie minnie: YOU are lucky. I know guys that have Gehl choppers that are not ten years old and are having to have the machine shop make parts that are no longer available.

We have a dealer close by that sold a lot of Gehl choppers and other stuff. His parts guys really tries hard but many things Gehl just does not have.

They have also announced a drop dead date on their Ag parts. So even if you can get it now soon you will not be able to.

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coonie minnie

10-08-2013 18:11:21

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to JD Seller, 10-08-2013 05:27:54  
What parts did they have made???? I have 2 1285s and have been able to get everything.

I've run into the same problem with NH- on parts for a forage blower, a number 40. Machine was made in 2002. The part was back ordered for 3 months. I ended up getting one -in 3 days- from Lacaster silo, who now makes the parts for NH. Apparently, NH was waiting to get a big enough order to get a deal. I'm not sure why, as NH wanted 2.5x the price I paid lancaster for the same part.

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10-08-2013 13:39:04

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 Re: Forage harvester suggestions in reply to JD Seller, 10-08-2013 05:27:54  
Parts are still readily available for Gehl farm equipment.

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